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Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer - Mid -Atlantic Region (FLC-MA) annual meeting

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The  Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer -  Mid -Atlantic Region (FLC-MA) annual meeting will be held at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Maryland. The theme is “Building Bridges and Infrastructure to Support the Federal T2 Mission.” Lots of great panels and speakers comprise the agenda, including Professor Dean Alderucci, JD, Director of the Carnegie Mellon University Center for Artificial Intelligence and Patent Analysis, who will speak on the relevance of artificial intelligence (AI) platforms to support T2 functions.

November 5, 2019  
Day 1
7:30 - 8:00 am
Breakfast/Registration Open

8:00 - 8:15 am

Dr. Jack Pevenstein, PE, FLC-MA Regional Coordinator

8:15 - 8:45 am
Importance of the Federal T2 mission;
the importance of building bridges and a T2 Infrastructure to the Federal T2 mission
T2 is a “contact sport”

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Walter Copan, Director, NIST


8:45 - 9:45 am
Building State and Local Economic Development Bridges with Federal Labs and the Private Sector

How can state and local governments interact with both resident Federal labs and private firms to support and enable an economic environment favorable to T2?
Experiences of NIST working with Maryland through TEDCO and Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation to promote T2
Increase state and local government awareness of economic opportunities offered to entrepreneurs and businesses by MA Federal labs through T2

Speaker: Ms. Christy Blake, Special Projects Manager, Montgomery County (MD) Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC)

9:45 - 10:00 am

10:00 - 11:00 am
Building Organizational Bridges between the private sector, the academic community and Federal labs

Mechanisms for outreach by FLC-MA and by individual labs to private sector firms.
Education of managers and technical professionals about T2 as a private sector asset.
How to make Federal easier to work with.
Update organizational policies to promote T2 through collaboration among Federal labs, State and local governments, academic institutions and private firms; demonstrate support for T2 by organization executives.


Charles (Chuck) Na, NIST/TPO
Stephen Auvil, Sr. VP, T2 & Commercialization, TEDCO

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Building Individual Bridges between individuals in both Federal labs and the Private Sector

Define the nature of the communications bridges
Can a common language for T2 activities be developed for use across relevant professional and organizational boundaries?
The importance of “speaking” T2 for post-docs and early career professionals seeking career opportunities

Moderator: Dr. Jack Pevenstein, PE

Abba Poliakoff
John Fraser
Phil Usatine
Ben Solomon
Ron Kaese

12:00 - 1:00 pm

12:45 - 1:00 pm
What’s Going on With the FLC?


John Dement, FLC Chair

1:00 - 2:00 pm
Building T2 Career Bridges for workforce development

Retention of high-tech workforce
Tech transfer training & education
Make temporary employees, e.g., post-docs, associates aware of career opportunities in Federal labs, academia, private sector
Training & certification of T2 professionals

Moderator: Ms. Fizzie HaleemDr. Sanjay Rai, Montgomery College – (workforce development/certification)
Steve Ferguson, FAES/NIH Office of the Director – (tech transfer training/certification)
Claudia Morrell, STEM Equity Initiative – (diversity in STEM hiring)
Martin Rosendale, Maryland Tech Council – (tech job board)
Dr. Lori Conlan, NIH Post Doc Services – (post doc conference/hiring/skills preparation)

2:00 - 3:00 pm
Building Bridges Within Federal Labs Among Personnel

Communications among the scientific & engineering (technical) staff
Communications between the technical staff and managers/administrators
Mutual respect and appreciation for each other’s professions and missions
Appreciation of the Federal T2 mission by mid-level managers and scientific & technical staff
November 6, 2019

Speaker: Dr. Robert Griesbach, USDA-ARS


Day 2  
8:00 - 8:30 am

8:30 - 9:30 am
Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a tool for building T2 bridges and infrastructure

What is CMU doing in CAPA
AI potential to enable networking in support of Federal T2
What kinds of T2-related data are required to take advantage of AI in support of T2 networking.
Patent analysis with AI algorithms has the potential of being a powerful tool to support the Federal T2 mission.
Analyze for “Freedom-to-Operate,” fields of use, competitive
Support market assessments; fields of use analysis
Cross-correlated information clusters (products of value to T2 professionals)

Moderator: Dr. Jack Pevenstesin, P.E.

Professor Dean Alderucci, Director, Center for AI and Patent Analysis (CAPA), Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science

9:45 - 10:45 am
Human Interest Panel

Specific personal examples where a technology has had an impact on a person’s life or the collective lives of a community.

John Emond, NASA (retired)

10:45 - 11:15 am
Building Communication Bridges to relate importance of T2 to the “general” public

Developing communication tools and outreach initiatives that help the public see the link or bridge between tech transfer and their community
Outreach activities: already occurred and will continue
LabTech in Your Life

Dr. Rob Griesbach, USDA-ARS

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Keynote Speaker

Mr. Jeff Galvin, CEO, AGT

12:15 - 1:00 pm
FLC-MA Awards Ceremony

Carmen Krieger, Deputy FLC-MA Regional Coordinator
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Lunch and Networking

2:00 - 3:00 pm
Attracting the private sector: How to build informal relationships with Federal labs; a prelude to more formal collaboration

Identifying mutual interests
Identify the potential for economic/commercial impact
Identify individuals interested in collaboration
What can you [your organization] offer?

Moderator: Mr. John Fraser

Dr. Rob Griesbach, ARS/USDA
Mojdeh Bahar, ARS/USDA
Rich Bendis, BioHealth Innovation

3:00 - 4:00 pm
Concurrent networking for post-doc and early career scientists, engineers and technical professionals with the private sector (as interest prevails)

Identify alternative career opportunities in technology entrepreneurship
Assess the technology-related career opportunities in the Mid-Atlantic (MA) region
Learn about state and local government initiatives to attract and retain technology-related businesses in the MA region, an to retain a qualified workforce

Moderator: Ron Kaese, TEDCO Manager of Federal Programs


Representatives of regional state and local governments
Exhibitors from private sector
Technology Entrepreneurs & Venture Capital Firms
Post-Docs & early career technical professionals attending

4:30 pm - onward
Ice Cream Social and Networking

John Dement
FLC Chair

 Jack Pevenstein, Ph.D.
FLC Mid-Atlantic Regional Chair

Dr. Walter Copan
NIST Director

Charles (Chuck) Na
Senior Interagency Policy Specialist, NIST

Dr. Christy Blake
Special Projects Manager, MCEDC

Mojdeh Bahar
Assistant Administrator of T2, ARS

Robert Griesbach, Ph.D.

John Emond
NASA (retired)

Stephen Auvil, Sr.
Executive Vice President, Operations & Programs, TEDCO

Ron Kaese
TEDCO Manager of Federal Programs

Carmen Krieger
Deputy FLC-MA Regional Coordinator

Fizie Haleem
Montgomery County Department of Economic Development

Richard Bendis
President and CEO, BioHealth Innovation

Mr. Jeff Galvin, CEO, AGT
CEO, American Gene Technologies

Created August 30, 2019